Jay Bruce homered for the second straight game while Todd Frazier
had two hits and an RBI for the Reds. Leake (7-7) allowed runners to
reach scoring position in all seven innings but limited the damage
to three runs (two earned) and struck out seven.
Edwin Jackson (5-9) retired 13 straight at one point but wound up
allowing four runs and seven hits over six innings to drop to 2-2
against the Reds this season. Chris Coghlan went 4-for-5 — his
eighth career four-hit game — and Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer
to lead the Cubs, who were 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position
and stranded nine.
The Reds pushed across an early run when Hamilton led off the home
half of the first with a walk, moved to third on a Frazier single
and scored on Brandon Phillips' sacrifice fly. The Cubs tied it in
the fifth when Coghlan came home after Bruce misplayed a Rizzo
grounder, but the Reds answered with two runs in the bottom of the
frame on RBI singles from Hamilton and Frazier.
Devin Mesoraco's RBI double made it 4-1 in the sixth, but the Cubs
cut into the lead a half-inning later when Rizzo jumped on a
first-pitch cutter for his 18th homer of the season. Bruce restored
the three-run cushion with a two-run blast of his own in the bottom
of the seventh, and Hamilton cleared the bases with a three-run
triple in the eighth.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: The game was delayed 21 minutes in the middle of the
third inning because of rain. … Bruce made his first major-league
appearance at first base, starting there in place of Joey Votto
(strained left quadriceps). … Frazier has collected multiple hits in
four of his last five games.
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